SF Sketchfest Staff Picks: Michelle O’Mirth, Volunteer Manager

Still combing the schedule for this year’s not-to-miss shows? To help you out, we’ve asked staff to share their picks for this year’s fest. 

Meet Michelle, our longest reigning staff member, after the founders. She’s a proud bibliophile, with a breadth of pointless facts, and a wordsmith (check out her greeting card line: Gobsmack’d Greetings) with a background in events: she used to juggle 150 a year! Her talents come together each year at SF Sketchfest, where she is our beloved Volunteer Manager, who occasionally moonlights as House Manager. Also, Michelle is a peaty scotch enthusiast, who would like you to know she wore glasses long before the nerd girl fanciers made it trendy again. If this resonates with you, check out her staff pick!

What you do for SFSF: Manage the SF Sketchfest volunteer army, wrangle lines, house manage venues, sell t-shirts, tell amusing anecdotes in the lobby, whatever is needed. 

# of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: 13Almost all. I went to the first one as an audience member and then just stuck around doing this and that for each one after.

Show/Shows you’re most excited for this year: The Tribute to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer

Why: I still fall into hysterics when I watch the Stonehenge scene in This Is Spinal Tap and I think Big Bottom is in the Top 25 on my iPod. And I love hearing talented people who create, comedy, art or whatever, talk shop.   

Favorite venue in SF: California Academy of Sciences

Favorite SF Sketchfest Moment: One of my favorite things over the years is seeing all the kids interested in comedy or improv who volunteer at SF Sketchfest because they love comedy and want to see shows, who then come back a few years later as performers in the festival. Talk about your circle of life, Mufasa.

Michelle O'Mirth
Michelle hard at work, scheduling SF Sketchfest Volunteer Shifts! 

Just added! “VEEP,” Christopher Lloyd, “Silicon Valley” and “Better Off Dead” understudies, including Jon Heder!

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SF Sketchfest Tribute to “VEEP” with the cast
Saturday, February 7th, 7:30pm at The Castro Theatre
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SF Sketchfest Tribute
Christopher Lloyd
in conversation
with a 30th Anniversary screening of “Back to the Future”
Friday, February 6th, 9:30pm at The Castro Theatre
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“Silicon Valley” : The Pied Piper Panel
with Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods
Saturday, January 31st, 4pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
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“Better Off Dead” 30th Anniversary Live Read
with writer/director Savage Steve Holland
and original cast members Curtis Armstrong, Kim Darby, Diane Franklin and Amanda Wyss
and guest understudies:
Jon Heder (as Lane Meyer, originated by John Cusack)
Fred Willard (as Mr. Meyer, originated by David Ogden Stiers)
Kevin Pollak (as Mr. Kerber, originated by Vincent Schiavelli)
Eddie Pepitone (as Rocko, originated by Chuck Vincent)
and in various roles: Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney
Sunday, February 8th, 2pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
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More info on the schedule page!

Brian Henson joins all performances of Henson Alternative’s PUPPET UP — UNCENSORED!

Brian Henson, Chairman of the Jim Henson Company and an award-winning director, writer, producer and puppeteer, will be performing at all performances of PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED (formerly Stuffed & Unstrung), in which world-class Henson puppeteers are unleashed in this live, outrageous and very spontaneous show, featuring over 60 original Jim Henson puppets. Brian has worked creatively on countless productions including Labyrinth, Return to Oz, Farscape, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppet Treasure Island and many more.

This production delivers “two shows in one” as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below – displaying their skills in full view of the audience. The show also features a few recreations of classic pieces originally created by Jim Henson, Jane Henson, and Frank Oz that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades. Each PUPPET UP! show is a unique experience due to its spontaneous nature – and each performance is different, showcasing the wit, technique, and that trademark Henson dryness and sly anarchy.

For more information, visit: puppetup.com

2 weeks only!
November 13 – 23
Thurs & Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm & 9pm, Sun 7pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre
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Henson Alternative’s Puppet Up! — Uncensored returns!

SF Sketchfest and Westbeth Entertainment present
Henson Alternative’s
Puppet Up! — Uncensored 

The grown-ups wing of The Jim Henson Company presents PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED, the live show that lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedy on stage with a bunch of fine-looking puppets. A night of major laughs, not for minors.

A hit in Edinburgh, Toronto, Australia, and all over the US, world-class Henson puppeteers are unleashed in this live, outrageous and very spontaneous show, featuring over 60 original Jim Henson puppets – a motley group of characters – in a night of off the cuff comedy.

Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor, director, and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED invites audiences to witness the other side of The Jim Henson Company and what happens when the camera stops rolling.

This production delivers “two shows in one” as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below – displaying their skills in full view of the audience. Its Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Saturday Night Live meets The Jim Henson Company.

This ‘psychotic puppet party’ features a few recreations of classic pieces originally created by Jim Henson, Jane Henson, and Frank Oz that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades. Sometimes dark, certainly innovative, and always hilarious, the scenes in PUPPET UP! reiterate the marvelous possibilities of puppets in the hands of masters like these. Each PUPPET UP! show is a unique experience due to its spontaneous nature – and each performance is different, showcasing the wit, technique, and that trademark Henson dryness and sly anarchy.

For more information, visit: puppetup.com

2 Weeks only!
November 13 – 23
Thurs & Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm & 9pm, Sun 7pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco

Tickets on sale now!
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